18 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2012’s All the Little Lights, it was clear that Passenger was cut above most other earnest lads of British folk-pop; singer/songwriter/one-man-band Mike Rosenberg offered refined wordplay, biting humor, and a sandy, disarming croon. Whispers underscores his potential, talent, and fresh perspective. “Coins in a Fountain” opens the album with a nod to the folk-fusion of Richard Thompson—acoustic fingerpicking, cello, and lush harmonies—but, like most other songs on Whispers, Rosenberg’s subtle surprises make the track remarkably fresh. The songwriter alternates verses with a ringing instrumental hook and adds a pattering tom-tom beat to give the track a vaguely international swing. Regardless of whether he’s delivering a hushed heartbreaker (“Golden Leaves,” “Whispers”) or a shuffling, uptempo tune (“Start a Fire,” the harmonica-adorned “Bullets”), they all have carefully placed, unexpected details. The key to album’s rewards may lie in the lyrics to the brightly swinging “27”—when Rosenberg playfully bemoans the fact that he’s “written 600 songs / only 12 get sung,” it suggests that his discernment is paying off brilliantly.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2012’s All the Little Lights, it was clear that Passenger was cut above most other earnest lads of British folk-pop; singer/songwriter/one-man-band Mike Rosenberg offered refined wordplay, biting humor, and a sandy, disarming croon. Whispers underscores his potential, talent, and fresh perspective. “Coins in a Fountain” opens the album with a nod to the folk-fusion of Richard Thompson—acoustic fingerpicking, cello, and lush harmonies—but, like most other songs on Whispers, Rosenberg’s subtle surprises make the track remarkably fresh. The songwriter alternates verses with a ringing instrumental hook and adds a pattering tom-tom beat to give the track a vaguely international swing. Regardless of whether he’s delivering a hushed heartbreaker (“Golden Leaves,” “Whispers”) or a shuffling, uptempo tune (“Start a Fire,” the harmonica-adorned “Bullets”), they all have carefully placed, unexpected details. The key to album’s rewards may lie in the lyrics to the brightly swinging “27”—when Rosenberg playfully bemoans the fact that he’s “written 600 songs / only 12 get sung,” it suggests that his discernment is paying off brilliantly.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
440 Ratings

440 Ratings

bstrawn3000 ,

CANT WAIT

Passenger is an absolutely incredible songwriter. His music is never anything less than moving, heartfelt, and wonderfully written. After listening to this first single, I can already tell that this album has the potential to maybe even surpass “All The Little Lights” if that is even possible. So, cheers to you, Mr. Michael David Rosenberg. I can’t wait to purchase this album.

jlarsen98 ,

UNBELIEVABLY GOOD

Scare Away The Dark is freakin amazing. Didn't hesitate a second on this preorder! US tour please!!

Cuzisaidso... ,

Cant wait till june!

Passenger never lets me down, each album is consistantly better and better. From wicked mans rest to now, hes always been an amazing songwriter, and i can tell that this new album is going to be original and heartfelt, just like always. He has songs on it like 27 and Rolling Stone, that hes had for a while but never recoreded until now. Cant wait!

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